Churchill Stutter

Winston Churchill, Stutterer

Churchill's speeches kept Britain alive for the 12 months when it stood alone against Hitler after the fall of France. In 1940 the British Army could not have stopped the Panzer divisions from crushing their way to London, but Churchill's oratory did. Where did the force of his speaking come from?  Harold Begbie had the answer in 1921:

Begbie, Harold The Mirrors of Downing Street pp. 105, 106 (1921)

Begbie did not know that 20 years after he wrote this analysis the world would be immensely grateful that Churchill had developed the strength to defeat the most demonic of enemies.


Below is a collection of references confirming that Churchill stuttered. This knowledge may enable Churchill to continue to spread determination and optimism, this time among stutterers.

Abrams, Mason M The Persuasion of Winston S. Churchill from 1933 to 1941, (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  p. 17 (1941)

Adamic, Louis Dinner at the White House (Harper & Brothers, New York) (1946) pp. 29, 30, 32

Alber, Louis J. and Charles J. Rolo, Kansas City Star, February 6, 1941


Alber, Louis J. American Mercury, Vol 55, p. 173, 174    (1942)

Australia, Government of, Dept of Foreign Affairs, Current Notes on International Affairs  p. 249 (1937)

Bender, James Frederick How to Talk Well  p. vii (1949)

Best, Geoffrey Study in Greatness

Biggs-Davison, John Alec Tory Lives from Falkland to Disraeli p. 84 (1952)

Broad, Charles Lewis Winston Churchill, a Biography p. 28

Cornish, Blanche Warre  Memorials of Robert Hugh Benson  p. 85  (1915)

Crocker, Lionel Rhetorical Analysis of Speeches p. 30 (1967)

Dennison, William D The Correction of Stammering p. 8 (1941)

Elson, E. Fl oyd, Alberta Peck Oratory p. 321 (1957)

Fischer, Louis Men and Politics: an Autobiography p. 624 (1941)

Fishman, Jack My Darling Clementine p. 226 (1963)

Knickerbocker, H.R.  Is Tomorrow Hitler's?  200 Questions on the Battle of Mankind p. 172 (1941)

Krug, Mark M, Aneurin Bevan, Cautious Rebel p. 77 (1961)

Leslie, Shane The End of a Chapter p. 89 (1916)

Manning, Paul and Milton Bronner Mr England:The Life Story of Winston Churchill p. 48, 59  (1942)

Moir, Phyllis, I Was Winston Churchill’s Private Secretary,   pp. 103, 147, 148 (1941 )

Morgan, Ted
Churchill-Young Man in a Hurry 1874-1915, Simon & Schuster, p. 182 (1982)

National Broadcasting Company These Four Men p. 10 (1941)

New English Review p. 311 (1945)

oberts,Carl Eric Bechhofer Lord Birkenhead  p. 198 (1926)

Roberts,Carl Eric Bechhofer Winston Churchill pp. 27, 85 (1927)

Schwarz, Hans-Peter, Konrad Adenauer, p 640

Snowden, Philip An Autobiography Vol 1 p. 129 (1934)

Steele, E.D. (1952)

Taylor, Robert Lewis Winston Churchill: An Informal Study of Greatness, Doubleday  p. 216, 229 (1952)


This site was set up to make available an instantly accessible strong body of evidence that Churchill stuttered.  Any comments, questions or additions please to Keith Sharp (ex-stutterer awed at the achievements of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,  November 30, 1874  January 24, 1965).

January 27, 2010